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UNT Polish First Impressions Review – Cotton Candy & Sealed With a Kiss

Hi all! I have a quick first impressions review of a brand I’ve never used before. :)

Laura over at Live Love Polish (a new online nail polish store—there’s a discount code at the bottom of this blog post) contacted me and wondered if I would like to try out a couple of polishes from the brand UNT. The brand is well known in France and Japan, but just now coming to the USA. In fact, Live Love Polish is one of the first USA stores to carry it.

To see all the UNT polishes LLP carries, click here.

I picked out two colors to try out: CNT Cotton Candy and UNT Sealed With a Kiss. I initially thought I could use these two polishes together, but ended up using a different polish with Sealed With a Kiss.

Initial Thoughts On UNT

I really like the brushes on these polishes. It’s a very flat, wide brush. The brush is reminiscent of OPI brushes, but more wide like the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line.

The first polish I tried is UNT Cotton Candy, a super pale pink. The formula of Cotton Candy was quite sheer, and I had to build up 4-5 thin layers to reach complete opacity. But that could simple be the byproduct of the color—a very pale pink. Pale colored polishes are notorious for being thin and needing multiple coats. Not sure I can blame them there. It’s actually a really pretty color once you have it on. However, be prepared for some thick polish with all those coats.

Here are some shots of UNT Cotton Candy. It’s definitely a tiny bit brighter out of the bottle…

One thing I found perplexing is that UNT polishes don’t have the color name on the bottle anywhere. Not even on the sticker on the bottom. In fact, I had to look these polishes up before writing this blog post because I’d forgotten the color names.

Now for the second polish… I don’t have many glitter top coats, so I thought I would try out UNT Sealed With a Kiss. I’m pretty sure this polish is meant to go on top of other polishes, so that’s what I planned to do right from the start.

I initially put the glitter polish on top of Cotton Candy (as mentioned, I planned to use them together). I really love the floating stars and hearts in the polish and wanted those on each nail. But it was super hard to get those little buggers out of the bottle! LOL! I did eventually get them out and onto my nails, but the polish job was awful and WAY TOO thick to be realistic. So instead, I waited a few days and tried again.

The second time I attempted to use Sealed With a Kiss I used China Glaze Innocence as the main color on my nails. I did three thin coats and could still see my nails underneath, but tried to embrace it. I generally hate seeing my nails underneath polish, but thought I’d try it this once. After letting Innocence dry for a bit, I applied two coats of UNT Sealed With a Kiss…

When I applied Sealed With a Kiss, I was determined to avoid any of the problems I had before (aka super thick coats because I was trying to get the stars and hearts out of the bottle). I didn’t try to get any of the stars or hearts this time, and in fact I ended up only getting one star out of the bottle. Since I didn’t want just one nail with the star, I swiped it on a paper towel and did not apply it to my nails. Too bad the stars and hearts didn’t work out. They’re super cute in the bottle. But I do really like the multicolor glitters! There’s adorable over pale pink polish.

Here’s an extreme up close shot of the glitter…

All in all, I think I’m curious enough to try out a couple other UNT colors. I’ll likely try out a darker shade next. :)

Live Love Polish has a 10% of discount code for you guys that’s valid until September 30, 2014! They have quite a few other brands of polish, not just UNT, so be sure to check them out! Just use the code LIVELOVEKRISTINA at checkout. :)

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SquareHue Rio Box + GIVEAWAY!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been subscribed to SquareHue for a few months. So I was super excited to receive an email from them asking if I wanted to do a short review of their Rio collection for May 2014 and also giveaway one of the boxes! Of course I said yes!

SquareHue is a monthly subscription where you receive three polishes each month. I love that the polishes are full size (as opposed to the smaller Julep bottles), and they are also 5-free (no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor or formaldehyde resin). They currently have a special where you sign up for their newsletter and receive a surprise box when you order your first box. So, if you’re new to SquareHue, you can get 2 boxes your first month!

So, I’m going to walk you through the box. First of all, they package them really well so that nothing is damaged during shipping…

And as you clear away the packing material, you get your first glance at the colors of the month. Usually I receive an email a few days before the box arrives that includes the “reveal” of the colors for the month. But sometimes I purposely don’t look at that email so that I can be surprised when I open the box. :)

The Rio collection for May includes three vibrant colors inspired by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil…

The first polish I tried is Ipanema, a shimmery gold-yellow. I’m not usually one for yellow polishes, so this didn’t stay on my fingers too long, but I can totally imagine it for some awesome nail art. One thing to note: I did have to do four coats of Ipanema to eliminate VNL (visible nail line).

Next is Copacabana, a sheer blue polish with glitter. Upon opening the bottle, I saw that this was a sheer polish. So I actually painted a couple coats of a SquareHue navy polish that I received a few months back before applying three thick coats of Copacabana. Like most glitter polishes, the removal was a pain, but it’s a striking glitter. I think I might try this one next time over the same navy polish, but apply it sparingly to just the tips of my nails for a bit of glitter. That would be so pretty!

And the last color is Leblon, an emerald green metallic polish. I’m also pretty picky about metallic polishes because I don’t like to see brush strokes, but I think this polish would be awesome around Christmas time. Maybe some white snowflakes stamped at the free edge of the nail?

All in all, a pretty fun box! As with any monthly subscription box you run the chance of not liking the selections they send you each month. I will admit there have been some hits and misses in the past, but I usually love most of the polishes and what I don’t love can be given away to family or friends. In this case, I think I’ll hold onto all three polishes because I think they’d be good to have around for different nail art looks, and I don’t have any colors or formulas quite like the Rio collection. :)

So do you want to win the Rio box? Just fill out the info below for a chance to win! :)

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Purple Glitter with Winstonia W108 Silver Tips

EDITED TO ADD: I forgot to mention that you can get 10% off your order at winstoniastore.com through April 30, 2013, by using the code DAILYSOMETHING. Thanks, Winstonia!

Winstonia sent me their stamping plates to review and they arrived yesterday. Couldn’t wait to try them out! I’ll have a more thorough review later after I’ve tried a few more designs out, but for now here’s some polish and stamping. As for a short review, I had no problems stamping this one design. I used a regular Konad scraper and stamper.

NOTE: The plates are available for purchase straight from Winstonia HERE, or they’re also available through Amazon HERE.

Base Color: A-England Avalon & Smitten Hocus Pocus
Stamping Color: Essie No Place Like Chrome
Stamping Plate: Winstonia W108

I think this almost looks like a Halloween nail design! LOL!

From start to finish… First, I painted two coats of A-England Avalon (it’s the perfect purple under the glitter polish I wanted to use)…

Then I added one coat of Smitten Hocus Pocus. I don’t want to run out of this glitter polish so that’s why I layered it over the A-England Avalon. The purples are perfectly matched. :)

For the stamping, I used Winstonia plate W108 and Essie No Place Like Chrome (silver) to stamp a “paint dripping” tip. There were a couple nails that I didn’t get the design on the complete tip of the nail, so I went over the tip with the silver polish.

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